Don’s victory hard earned
COARSE fishing results have been slowed by the heavy frost and it’s a time to pick your spot carefully.
A good tip for fishing in winter is to avoid clear water and look for the coloured water that betrays fish activity.
For the match anglers, this is not always an option and it can be difficult as in the latest Cinque Ports Angling Society match fished at Ladyswalk on a near frozen Royal Military canal at Hythe.
The winner was Don Copeland of Dymchurch who scaled down his tackle dramatically and scratched out 1.300kg of small but hard-earned roach and skimmer bream baiting squats and pinkies maggots and the bread punch.
Second was Colin Durman with 780 grams and third Paul Musson with 390 grams.
In contrast, the Folkestone and Shepway anglers fished their Christmas members only match which was sponsored by Den’s Tackle of Hythe in the relatively sheltered Radnor Park Lake and some excellent weights of carp, roach and bream showed.
At the walk off draw, I drew 15 and was one of the last to pick a swim.
However, what was left included a mud stirred weed bed which proved to contain fish because first cast I hooked a bright orange but freezing cold goldfish and it had swallowed my single red maggot showing the fish were hungry despite the thin layer of ice.
I went on to catch 39lb 12oz of carp, rudd, bream and goldfish losing some big lump carp on my size 20 hook fished on the pole over squats and pinkie maggots.
Second was Billy Clark of Folkestone with 12lb 8oz from the open water and third Mick Milton of Folkestone with 12lb 5oz.
Fourth was Cindy
of Folkestone with 8lb 14oz.
Top junior was John Williams Jnr of Cheriton with 6lb 15oz.
Other fishery reports include a top weight of 17lb 6oz from Black Lake at Cottington fishery near Deal by local angler Ian Richie.
The biggest carp from Lake Pepper weighed 24lb and was netted by Deal angler, Billy McGarry.
In the sea, all attention has switched to turkeys with the region’s clubs all hosting their open and club members’ only Christmas competitions.
Here is a run down of what is on where: The Deal 1919 Angling Clubs turkey Bonanza Open Christmas Festival is the largest of the Christmas matches and is on Sunday, fishing from 10am until 3pm. Thirty turkeys are on offer.
Further details by contacting 01304 361248 or you can book in on the day.
The Dover Sea Angling’s club sponsored Christmas Open event is also on Sunday fishing the Dover Southern breakwater.
Stand in venue is the Prince of Wales pier, it’s pre-book only with Bob Duffield on 01304 822645.
Members-only Christmas events include the Fountain SAC on Sunday at Seabrook, the Folkestone SAA on Sunday, December 21 on Folkestone pier.
Other open events scheduled for the Christmas holiday period include The SAMF Cod Championships on December 28 at Hythe Ranges from 9.30am until 3pm.
Entry fee is £25 all in with all the prizes based on catches of cod. To reserve a peg contact Mick on 01303 266334.
The following day, December 29, the Dungeness Sea Anglers host their cod only event.
Fishing is 10am until 2pm with a £10 entry. Details from Stephen Field on 07525 271063